May 14, 2003 08:00 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a rapid development today, both houses of the New York State legislature overrode Governor Pataki’s budget vetoes, effectively permitting Sunday sales of liquor and wine in New York for the first time since Prohibition. “Finally after years of inconvenience, New York consumers, tourists and retailers are no longer shackled by this antiquated Blue Law,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the trade association for the nation’s distillers supporting the change. “Busy adult consumers can now buy their alcohol products when it fits into their schedules, which for most working adults includes Sunday.” The law allows wine and liquor stores owners to be open six days per week permitting them to choose which one day per week to be closed. “With Sunday being the second busiest shopping day of the week, we strongly anticipate that many retailers will not want to miss out on the business,” said Cressy. New York now becomes the 26th state – and the fourth in the past two years -- to allow Sunday liquor sales at retail outlets. Earlier today, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed Sunday alcohol sales in to law in Delaware. In meetings with New York budget negotiators, the Distilled Spirits Council showed how permitting retailers to open on Sundays would help generate $26.7 million from new sales as well as recaptured sales that were being lost to neighboring states that permit Sunday sales. The Council also provided information on other states such as Pennsylvania which has seen a remarkable increase in revenue since Sunday sales have been in effect. CONTACT: Frank Coleman or Lisa Hawkins Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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